Sean O'Toole

Sean O’Toole is a contributing editor of frieze, based in Cape Town, South Africa. 

A round-up of the best shows on view now

BY Sean O'Toole | 18 MAY 16

South Afrian artist Tracey Rose's searing performances raise tough questions around history and race

BY Sean O'Toole | 04 MAY 16

What early 20th Century painters omitted from their representation of South Africa

BY Sean O'Toole | 30 SEP 15

Is technology geographically neutral?

BY Sean O'Toole | 21 AUG 15

56th Venice Biennale, various venues, Italy

BY Sean O'Toole | 28 MAY 15

Design, architecture and optimism in postcolonial Africa

BY Sean O'Toole | 23 APR 15

Why are there so few biographies of African artists?

BY Sean O'Toole | 18 MAR 15

The role of the village in perceptions of Africa

BY Sean O'Toole | 17 DEC 14

Last year 1.2 billion photos were uploaded and shared every day. By May this year, when Mary Meeker, a former Wall Street analyst turned internet sage, released her annual internet report, the number of daily image uploads and shares was already at 1.8 billion. What is the role of the solitary image now? How does one engage a zeitgeist defined by superabundance and ceaseless accumulation, rather than singularity and pause? What to do: retreat or dive headfirst into the maelstrom? I did a bit of both.

BY Sean O'Toole | 16 DEC 14

The films of Abderrahmane Sissako

BY Sean O'Toole | 31 OCT 14

How to Write about Africa

BY Sean O'Toole | 18 AUG 14

Africa’s first mega-museum to open in Cape Town

BY Sean O'Toole | 01 MAY 14

Walking with Teju Cole

BY Sean O'Toole | 12 MAR 14

Sean O’Toole is a regular frieze columnist, and co-editor of CityScapes, a critical journal for urban enquiry. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

BY Sean O'Toole | 20 DEC 13

A performative tour of libraries in Nairobi

BY Sean O'Toole | 29 NOV 13

Biography and timeliness in the work of Moshekwa Langa

BY Sean O'Toole | 15 NOV 13

The 55th Venice Biennale

BY Sean O'Toole | 14 SEP 13

Artists respond to migration in Africa

BY Sean O'Toole | 25 MAY 13

The rise and fall of biennials in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal and South Africa

BY Sean O'Toole | 01 NOV 12